Driving News Roundup: March 15, 2013

This is a weekly feature on the NMA Blog, running each Friday, where we highlight seven of the most interesting driving news stories of the week.

Maryland: Woman cited for driving too slowly in left lane
A Maryland woman was shocked after she received a traffic ticket on Interstate 95—because it wasn’t for speeding. In fact, she was driving two mph under the speed limit. However, she was driving in the left lane.

U.K.: 1,000s of speeders to get out of tickets because signs were in wrong font?
According to a report from The Telegraph, thousands of speeding tickets issued to drivers over the last six years while traveling on a portion of the M42 motorway west of Coventry may not actually be liable for their fines. Why? Apparently, a series of signs showing variable speed limits were created with numbers that are too narrow.

New Jersey: Troopers resign, one admits guilt, over illegal high-speed motorcade
Two state troopers criminally charged in connection with a high-speed escort they provided to a car-enthusiast club forfeited their positions on Monday to resolve their cases.

Pennsylvania: Former Philly traffic court judge pleads guilty
Fortunato Perri Sr. was once hailed as a tough but efficient judge and administrator at Philadelphia’s Traffic Court, the man behind a surge in collections and a crackdown on the city’s worst scofflaws. They called him “The Terminator” around court. Perri basked in the role. This morning, a shell of that once lively judge shuffled slowly into a federal courtroom—and onto the traffic bench’s increasingly crowded wall of shame.

New York: City lawmakers back bill to set up 40 speed cameras
City lawmakers yesterday urged Albany to put the pedal to the metal on a bill that would allow up to 40 speed cameras onto the streets of New York City.

Ohio: Senate passes bill to raise Ohio speed limit
The Ohio Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would increase the speed limit on rural stretches of highway to 70 mph. The Senate voted 27-6 to advance the two-year, $7.6 billion transportation bill, which also allows Gov. John Kasich to move forward with plans to issue $1.5 billion in bonds through the Ohio Turnpike.

Survey: Many drivers are happy to let insurers watch over their shoulders
When data-monitoring devices debuted in 2010, many consumers found it creepy. Programs like this are part of a technological trend that’s changing our understanding of “privacy”. These technologies seem invasive at first, but become accepted over time. Now, other insurers have jumped onboard. Well over a third of drivers are now comfortable with the idea of a data-monitoring device.


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